Saturday, November 27, 2010

Florist dig 2010 season officially ended!

Hi all! Just wanted to let everyone know that we will not be meeting this weekend at the Florist Site. While the company is great and the finds are greater, mother nature is telling us to give it a rest for a while! The morning temps mixed with the sticky moisture of the soil provides enough indication that we should wrap up and resume when the ground has thawed. Thank you so much to everyone who was able to join us this field season. I am so pleased with the enthusiasm for the site as well as the chapter. 

A special thanks as well to Gary Keeton and Clif Patrick for their wonderful commitment to the project! There is lots to be done still when we are able to get back in the dirt, and I will be letting everyone know when we will begin again next season. For anyone who is intesterested, I would like to schedule some days this winter for artifact processing. Artifact washing can be tedious, but processing collections is where some of the best knowledge is gained! Please let me know if you are interested and we can schedule further after the holidays. Best wishes to everyone for a safe and very happy holiday season!


Contact Stephanie directly or via email at to sign up for artifact processing.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

2010 Annual Dinner

Following an excellent dinner at the Fountains, Vice-President, Chuck Tudor, and Program Chair, Fred Assmus, introduced  our featured speaker: Dr. John Hart, of the New York State Museum.
He gave a very well delivered talk about the three sister system of agriculture, the conventional history of these corps in the northeast versus recent findings.

President Dave Johnson presented:
Bill Scott a certificate in recognition of his 50 years active membership and many contributions to the Chapter!

Stephanie Tice receives Most Active 2010 Member Award.

Certificate of Merit to Barry Kass.

Certificate of Merit to Gary Keeton.

Kevin Storm's Certificate of Merit.

Inducted into the "Order of the Trowel" tonight:
Gary Jay Sipila.

Priscilla Johnson.

Sharon Assmus.

Glenn Keeton.

A few snapshots from the evening:

2010-11-21 Florist site

Laid in line "I" today and in addition to several neat flakes, Steph walked up to the screen, reached in and picked out the only complete point of the day! Gary and Steph climbed the deer stand and got neat overview of the sight, unfortunately the camera refused to take a picture. Battery too cold? So no photos today.

See ya a the Annual Dinner tonight!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

2010-11-14 Florist site

After the morning chill, it turned into an absolutely beautiful day to work the site!
Gary & Steph setting up the screen for the day..

Steph checks out the "Lady Schick Deluxe Beauty Salon" that Tom unearthed.

Every sample scrutinized throughly!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

2010-11-07 Florist site

Welcome to new member, Art, learning the screen under Steph's careful guidance.

The cold, moist soils yielded a few flakes and lots of fire cracked rocks today.

An interesting geological find today was this tiny banded shale specimen with included veins of denser mineral standing proud of the surface.  

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Maggie update!

So far I haven't gone on any excavations but I have been given plenty of "archaeological tours" by my professor, Dr. Pam Graves, a leading Medieval archaeologist. I have also attended a seminar on current archaeology at a local castle, Bamburgh Castle, located about 2 hours north of where I live.   Bamburgh Castle sits on the shores of the North Sea and spans over nine acres. Graeme Young (the speaker) focused his presentation on the inner ward where current archaeology is being conducted. In particular he focused on two trenches, one in the center and one off to the side located beside the Church. The archaeologists believe Bamburgh Castle has always been occupied as there is no evidence of burning or abandonment.  Focusing primarily on the Church site (they've found a lot of 12th century pottery there), Young showed pictures of the excavation, including -- and here is the exciting part -- under what they perceived as ruins was actually 12th century walls, the REAL Medieval Church ruins! The ruins that are above ground are actually folly ruins! The stone work dates back to the 19th century.  If anyone would like to know more about Bamburgh Castle they can visit either of these sites: 

Other than that, this term I'm taking one class "Archaeology of the Towns of Britain 1100-1800".  So far all we've looked have been maps from the 1300s and 1800s and comparing how towns and villages have progressed. It's all been very interesting.  In the next 3 weeks I'll be going on field trips to look historical sites and also York, which still has sections that easily resembles medieval towns. If anyone has any questions or would like to know more, they are more than welcome to contact.  

I hope all is well, I've looked at the blog and am very jealous I haven't been able to work the site on Sundays!


(Chapter member, Maggie, began her studies in the UK a couple months ago.)

Chapter Newsletter: Vol. 11, November 21, 2010 excerpts

60 Decker Drive, Middletown, N.Y. 10940
Vol. 11, November 21, 2010

Chapter meetings are held on the third Friday of each month except November, July and August at the Methodist Church in Goshen, which is located on the corner of Main Street and Court Lane. All are welcome.

** Meeting Notice: The Annual Dinner will take the place of this month’s meeting. It will be held on November 21st. See below for details.


President’s Message:  

            This month’s meeting will be replaced by the annual dinner so mark your calendars. Dr. John Hart will be our speaker and I am sure you will find his program very interesting. I hope to see you at our annual dinner.

Don’t forget to prepare for the December meeting. We will have a Christmas Party and a grab-bag with a twist like we did last year. Everyone who attended and participated in last year’s Christmas Party told me they enjoyed it very much and looked forward to the next one.



Election of Officers

            All of the officers and trustees were reelected. They are:

                          Current Officers (2010-2012 terms)
President                 David Johnson
V President               Chuck Tudor
Treasurer                 Harold Decker
Recording Secretary       Priscilla Johnson
Corresponding Secretary   Sharon Assmus
Trustees                  Kevin Storms
                          Clif Patrick
Trustees (2009-2011 terms)Gary Keeton
                          Richard Havlicek


Annual Dinner


Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cocktail Hour 5:00 to 6:00 P.M.

Dinner 6:00 P.M.

The Fountains, 40 Sands Road, Middletown, N.Y. 10940

Program by John Hart, PhD


Dinner Buffet
Marinated Sliced Sirloin with Grilled Onions, Wild Mushrooms and Red Wine Sauce
Chicken Marsala
Broiled Salmon Filet with Lemon Dill Cream Sauce
Roasted Potatoes
Penne with Onions and Peas in a Vodka Sauce
Seasonal Vegetables and Starches
Apple Strudel
Plated Cookies and Chocolate Dipped fruits

Dinner $40.00 per person including all taxes and tips. Please return the attached form by November 15, 2010. If this is not possible for you, call Chuck directly.


** Please make your reservation by November 15th. If you decide to go after the 15th call Chuck Tudor as soon as possible.





Total Reservations @ $40.00........................................................

Total Amount Enclosed........................

Please mail to: Charles Tudor
                         105 Erie Ave.
                         New Windsor, NY  12553
                         Tel: 845-562-9395

Please call the restaurant at 845-361-3287 with special dietary needs. 

Directions To The Fountains:

If you are coming to the dinner these are the best directions that I have found. If you live in Montgomery come the back way from 17K but if not: You need to get on Route 17 West to exit 119. Those coming from Middletown or Rt. 84 will get to 17west at the Gallaria Exit. Getting off at this exit (119) turn left onto route 302 south (8/10 mi). Turn right onto 17M and proceed 8/10 mi. Turn right onto Sands Rd. for 1/2mi. The Fountains is at the Wallkill Country Club on the right.

Dr. John Hart, Research and Collections Divisions, NY State Museum, Albany, has done extensive research on Native American plants and crops. Some of his publications include Crop Domestication in Prehistoric Eastern North America, The History of the Three Sisters, and Maize, Matrilocality, Migration, and Northern Iroquoian Evolution. Most recently he presented at the 2010 NY State Archaeological Meeting on his article "The Death of Owasco" which was published in American Antiquity. This research challenges former State Archaeologist, William A. Richie in defining the Owasco Tradition.


            Just yesterday we found an ad for the mammoth display at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City. It appears to be the baby that they found in Siberia. It is on display to November 10th. Link.


Foxwoods Pequot Native American Museum

            According to the poll taken during the last meeting there is enough interest in a car pool to Foxwoods. Since the holiday season and winter is just around the corner we will try for Foxwoods in the spring. A date will be announced in January.


Florist site

            Stephanie will be conducting the Florist Site during the fall. Every Sunday, weather permitting starting at 9am until it is too cold. If you have any questions please contact Stephanie directly or email